REFUNITE is a technology-based non-profit working internationally to reconnect refugees and forcibly displaced people with their missing loved ones. Developed by David and Christopher Mikkelsen in partnership with Ericsson, a provider of telecommunications equipment and services, the platform is accessible through the web, a toll-free number, or through texting or USSD on even the most basic cell phones.
“To see is to believe” but in many of the world’s most dangerous, hard-to-reach areas, oppression, political corruption and human violations regularly go unreported. International NGO Videre Est Credere seeks to change that. With the help of Videre’s hidden camera equipment and security training, oppressed communities are becoming agents of change.
In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.
Today, more than 232 million people live outside their countries of birth, with the U.S. as the top destination, followed by Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Manav Seva Sansthan, SEVA, works at strategic Indo-Nepal cross border transit points to ensure safe and informed migration and to combat human trafficking.
It is a shock to many to discover that slavery is not only thriving criminal enterprise, but that it is the third most profitable, bringing in US$ 150 billion per year. To turn a profit, people are controlled and exploited through forced marriages, forced labour, sex slavery, bonded labour, domestic servitude, and as child soldiers. Yet, its extent remains outside of the public consciousness. In Canada, for example, as little as 5% of the population is aware of the continued practice of slavery.
Leading up to her wedding day on Oct 11, Thea was just your average bride-to-be. According to updates on her blog, she sampled wedding cakes, tried on dresses and questioned what her new married life would bring. The one, not-so subtle difference was that Thea was in the seventh grade and Gier, her husband-to-be, was 25 years her senior.
In India, The Hunger Projects works with elected female representatives to help them maximize their potential as leaders, while also encouraging other women to become involved and informed in the political process.
It is estimated that just over 1 billion people across the globe live in slums. To combat this housing crisis, Peter Dupis, one of the founders of World Housing, focused his Master’s thesis on the one-for-one model. This approach is inspired by TOM shoes, a venture in which every purchase of a pair of shoes sees another pair donated to …